Vivek Express, mobile museum on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, launched by the Indian Railways in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary, received a grand reception at Mangalore by the eminent citizens, General public and students.
The train reached Mangalore City Central Railway Station on the 5th August. In a grand function organized by a reception committee on that day more than thousand five hundred citizens and students welcomed the train and witnessed the inaugural function of the exhibition. Students with bandsets playing the patriotic tunes gave a befitting reception to the train.
Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore, Prof. T C Shivashankar Murthy, Vice Chancellor of Mangalore University, Sri S K Raina, DRM, Southern Railways, Palakkad Sub Division, Sri Alok Mohan, IGP (Western Range), Mangalore and Sri Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, eminent educationist were the chief guests.
The exhibition was inaugurated by lighting the lamp, cutting the ribbon and gralanding the portrait of Swamiji at the venue. All the visitors were given a photo card of Swami Vivekananda and a small booklet containing his message.
Nearly 20,000 students and public thronged at the station to pay their tribute & have a view of Swami Vivekananda on all the three days from 5th to 7th August. A pictorial exhibition was also arranged in Kannada on the life & teachings of Vivekananda near the train and literature on and by Swami Vivekananda were exhibited at the venue. The event was given wide coverage in all the press and media.
Report of the event as covered by media –
Some snaps taken during the occasion: